With the demand for more fake grass lawns on the increase, it is often a struggle to find the right company to install your fake lawn for you. However, learning how to lay artificial grass yourself may be more beneficial than hiring out a company to do it for you as it will save you hiring costs and potential damage that could be the result of contacting a dodgy lawn company.
The first step to improving your lawn is to remove your existing one ready for the new artificial grass to be laid in its place. A tip for digging up your old grass is to use a turf cutter; this will help to speed up the process and is useful for particularly large areas of turf.
Before you begin, it is important for you to decide how much additional soil you want to dig up. If your current lawn regularly becomes waterlogged due to drainage issues, it would be a good idea to dig a little deeper to ensure space for the water to drain out of the new turf.
You should try and make sure that you make the base as flat as you possibly can, however don’t worry about this too much as the following steps will ensure your base is completely flattened.
The next step is to create a wooden perimeter to secure the grass too. Although this perimeter will not be noticeable once the new lawn is laid, you can still invest in some taller decorative edging to spruce up the appearance of your garden.
Begin by loosely laying timber in the desired spot all around the edge of the lawn and then drive wooden stakes into the ground on the inside of the marked perimeter not too far away from the timber.
These stakes are used to support the timber.
For the best results, make sure that the stakes are at least 40-50cm apart. Measure the height of the stakes according to where you want the bottom of your grass to lay. Once all of the stakes are in place, screw the timber into the stakes and this will be your finished perimeter.
The third stage of laying your fake lawnisn’t mandatory; however it is strongly recommended that you do so.
Creating a weed barrier is simple and beneficial for fake lawns as it guarantees that no weeds will grow through your new turf so you can avoid the hassle of removing the weeds by hand and potentially damaging the grass with weed repellents. You can do this by putting down two layers of weed suppressing sheeting measured to the right size of your turf.
The next thing to do is to create the drainage. It is recommended that you use crushed stone for this stage. Although you will not ever see the drainage base, it is always worthwhile spending time and care on this stage to ensure that you create the best draining base.
Fill in the pre-made hole with the crushed stone so that it very nearly fills in the entire hole. Use a rake to even out the stone and then use a whacker plate to compact the base. If you do not own this tool, it is highly suggested to invest in one otherwise you run the risk of the grass sinking in or moving over time.
Next, you need to create the sand layer. This is another base that needs attentive care and a sharp eye to ensure that it is done correctly.
Before you start applying the sharp sand, you need to make sure that your previous bases are smooth and level. If they are, proceed to applying the sand all over the sectioned space where your new synthetic grass lawn will lay.
A tip for this step is to use a spirit level to ensure that the area is entirely flat and level.
Now we’re nearing the end of how to lay your artificial lawn, it’s time for you to lay your new grass! It may be a good idea to apply another layer of weed membrane for extra protection from weeds.
After your new turf is in place, use a sharp Stanley knife to cut the edges of the grass to comply with the size of your lawn area. If you want to add a real fancy feel to your artificial turf, you can cut the grass into strips and lay them in different directions.
It is always best to double check that all of your strips are the right size before moving on to joining them providing you’re using this technique.
Now, it is time to join all of the strips together, however if you did not cut your grass into strips then this step is not required. If you did use this method, use glue or joining tape to secure the pieces together. Make sure that all of the pieces that are going to be joined fit perfectly together to avoid any overlaps or gaps. It is recommended to use glue for this stage as it gives the user time to adjust the pieces if need be.
The final step is to secure the lawnabout 15cm around the perimeter using nails.
It is advised to stretch out the turf before securing to avoid any bumps or ridges that may appear at a later date. Once this has been done, brush over the area using your hand to make sure that no grass blades have been caught in the nails which may cause a small bare patch.
And that’s it! You have now learned how to lay your artificial lawn.
Enjoy your new fake lawnand remember to give it the occasional brush for that real grass illusion.